Tigers from war-torn Aleppo settle into Dutch home

2017-10-17 17:35
One of the Aleppo tigers takes a bath at the Felida Big Cat centre in Nijeberkoop in the Netherlands. (Jeanine Noordermeer, AP)

One of the Aleppo tigers takes a bath at the Felida Big Cat centre in Nijeberkoop in the Netherlands. (Jeanine Noordermeer, AP)

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The Hague - Two tigers rescued from a zoo near Aleppo have arrived in their new home in the Netherlands to recover from their ordeal in the conflict-torn Syrian city.

The organisation that saved the tigers, Sultan and Sayeeda, said on Tuesday they are settling into the Felida Big Cat Centre in Nijeberkoop, 130km northeast of Amsterdam, where they will receive special care and monitoring to help them overcome their traumatic past.

International animal charity Four Paws says in a statement that it hopes to build up the big cats' strength so that they can be transferred to a larger sanctuary in the future.

The tigers were among 13 animals, including lions and bears, who were evacuated in July and taken from Syria to Turkey and then to Jordan.

Read more on:    the netherlands  |  animals  |  conservation

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